S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Visit the S.S. Klondike, one of Canada’s few remaining steam-powered paddlewheelers, and learn how life on the rivers of the Yukon has changed over time. Long before and after the first steam-powered riverboat travelled up the Yukon River, Indigenous peoples have travelled the riverways of the Yukon. The arrival of paddlewheelers in the 1860s brought change to the territory, carrying newcomers and their ways of life, and until 1950 the riverboats continued to serve as the main link between the Yukon and the outside world.

The S.S. Klondike rests today on the Traditional Territories of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse.

The S.S. Klondike is undergoing extensive restoration and lead removal work. This is a long-term project. During this time, the boat will not be accessible to visitors.

The grounds and Visitor Welcome Centre, however, will remain open to the public. We are offering guided tours, showing our popular film “In the Days of the Riverboats” and selling Parks Canada official merchandise. The Escape Room “Escape the Sinking of the S.S. Klondike” is back by popular demand.

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Visiting S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do at S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, including guided tours, films, visitor centre, gift shop, and more.

Plan your visit

Facilities and services, daily program schedule, event rentals .

Program schedule

Take a guided tour, enjoy interpretive panels, or join us in the theatre for film viewings.

About S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Culture and history

From the 1860s to the 1950s sternwheelers served as the main link between the Yukon and the outside world. Learn about their history working the waterways...

Stewardship and management

Learn about the strategic direction for the management and operation of S.S Klondike National Historic Site.

How to get here

Contact us

205-300 Main St
Whitehorse YT  Y1A 2B5 

Phone number: 867-667-3910 (winter)
Phone number: 867-667-4511 (summer)


Hours of operation

Visitor Welcome Centre open May 18 to Sept 2, 2024

Open every day
9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm


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